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06-11-2016, 02:07 PM   #1786
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QuoteOriginally posted by HopelessTogger Quote
Looks like my old home turf of . . . Pattaya.
I wish. Would love for a beach like Pattaya here.

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I wish. Would love for a beach like Pattaya here.
LOL! STOP!

This is after fifteen years of marriage . . .

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Oh, these are great, Adrian. I like the boldness of Robins - this one and the Scarlets.

What's your flash setup?
Thanks Clackers.

My flash setup is a Metz 58AF-2 flash, with Better Beamer FX-3, mounted on a Really Right Stuff flash bracket attached to an Arca Swiss plate on the lens mount (this plate also attaches to the tripod). I have a Nissin CS-01 flash cable that allows me to select flash off or on quickly (without losing its settings) by switching between 'external' and 'top' hot shoes. Flash is in PTTLHSS mode. In brighter conditions (such as the Kookaburra), I use Av mode on the camera, but in darker conditions (such as for the Robin and the Lewin's) I use M mode. In brighter conditions, set the flash at -1/3EV to avoid over exposure of highlights. Key to good flash photography is setting for a slight underexposure of the subject (using in-camera settings) and then exposing the subject using the flash settings. For birds, avoiding over-exposure of highlights often requires a minor flash under-exposure setting (such as the -1/3EV mentioned above).
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Brilliant shot ! That is tack sharp. Do you get any vignetting with the lens?

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QuoteOriginally posted by AdrianM Quote
Thanks Clackers.

My flash setup is a Metz 58AF-2 flash, with Better Beamer FX-3, mounted on a Really Right Stuff flash bracket attached to an Arca Swiss plate on the lens mount (this plate also attaches to the tripod). I have a Nissin CS-01 flash cable that allows me to select flash off or on quickly (without losing its settings) by switching between 'external' and 'top' hot shoes. Flash is in PTTLHSS mode. In brighter conditions (such as the Kookaburra), I use Av mode on the camera, but in darker conditions (such as for the Robin and the Lewin's) I use M mode. In brighter conditions, set the flash at -1/3EV to avoid over exposure of highlights. Key to good flash photography is setting for a slight underexposure of the subject (using in-camera settings) and then exposing the subject using the flash settings. For birds, avoiding over-exposure of highlights often requires a minor flash under-exposure setting (such as the -1/3EV mentioned above).
Thanks for taking the time, Adrian!

I now have a Better Beamer I can use with my Sigma 150-500 .... hope to get to use it when winter's over. ☺

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A couple from the front yard birch tree today. Both K-1, DA*300+HD 1.4 TC and cropped down from FF.





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Few beers in, decide I want a new silly profile pic for 'the facebook'.

1. Get that new 360FGZII out in the rain where it belongs, set as wireless slave.
2. Close window.
3. Original 360FGZ mounted on camera as wireless master, bounce into wooden shelf as a "warming filter".
4. Spool up the K-1 WiFi shooting mode on my smartphone.
5. Go!

First time I've tried the wifi function, it works very well, I look forward to using it in more situations.

The DA* 50-135 and Kenko 1.4X deliver the final image.
80mm, ISO 200, f/4.5, 1/200s.

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LOL. Mock. Love it.

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QuoteOriginally posted by jbinpg Quote
A couple from the front yard birch tree today.
Hi jbinpg

It's a lovely shot, I am always attracted to nice colours.

When I see a pic like yours I look at it and immediately think - can it be improved. I then give it a quick once over in PS and what I come up with, I think would impress you, if not perhaps just a little bit. Would you be so gracious and allow me to post my PPed version ? I would do this only with your permission. On the other hand you can say "pee off" and I would not be offended.

Cheers
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Sure, go nuts. Just so you know, I do not do a lot of NR. I prefer detail over smudge.
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QuoteOriginally posted by jbinpg Quote
Sure, go nuts. Just so you know, I do not do a lot of NR. I prefer detail over smudge
Thanks
Sure, I am with you about NR and smudge.
But there is a very good NR plugin - Topaz DeNoise 6 which I used with your image. DeNoise allows you to tweak NR to your heart's contend and usually, if you don't go overboard, with good results. Mind you what I have done here would be better done out of RAW (which I think you know) with even better result. So this is just a teaser of what is possible.

I haven't really done much, just a bit of NR (with said DeNoise) a very small amount of brighten and colour correction.

Cheers
and thanks again.

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Your colour correction messed up a bit. The white vertical stripe on the wing of the sapsucker has taken on a slight mauve hue in your version. Anyway, I hear you on the NR. If this were a piece I was going to print or sell, I would do some masked NR. But I thought this K-1 picture thread was more about what the sensor can do than what we can do with the image in PP. The sapsucker was at ISO6400 and the hummingbird at ISO3200. In fact, I was playing around with Sv mode for the hummingbird. I locked it on ISO3200 to see what combo of shutter speed and aperture I would get. With the excellent SR of the K-1, it all fell within the usable envelope for the DA*300 despite it being a gloomy, rainy day . I think I will try Sv more often now.
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QuoteOriginally posted by jbinpg Quote
The white vertical stripe on the wing of the sapsucker has taken on a slight mauve hue in your version.
True, but this is only the result of the poor uploader here, I assure you it is not the case on my screen. Also the red has uploaded a bit the strongly.

I understand you will always be the master of your images, at the same time though, don't shut out all possibilities and leave image quality behind on the table.

"But I thought this K-1 picture thread was more about what the sensor can do.."

Sorry, I did not think of that.

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Brilliant shot ! That is tack sharp. Do you get any vignetting with the lens?

Thanks K-amps


If you can get close enough this combo makes it just to easy.


No vignetting, you do get quite a bit when using it with the 1.4 HD TC.
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QuoteOriginally posted by jbinpg Quote
A couple from the front yard birch tree today. Both K-1, DA*300+HD 1.4 TC and cropped down from FF.






Love the colors on the pecker... looks so real! Mind posting the version without processing?
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